South Africa to be without de Kock, du Plessis for remaining Pakistan T20Is
Quinton de Kock. (AFP Image)

Quinton de Kock, the South Africa wicketkeeper batsman has been ruled out of the remaining T20Is against Pakistan after he sustained a groin injury during the fifth ODI on Wednesday. A replacement has been called up in the form of Janneman Malan, who plays for the Nashua Cape Cobras.

South Africa will also be without Faf du Plessis, who has opted to take rest from the remainder of the tournament. South Africa won the first T20I by six runs with the other two to be played on Sunday and Wednesday.

“Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday,” South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. “He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13.”

Malan has been effective in T20Is, playing valuable knocks for the Cape Cobras and the Cape Town Blitz in the much recent Mzansi Super League, in which he tallied 305 runs with two half-centuries in Blitz s road to the final. He recently scored 67 and 168 in two innings of a First-Class game against Warriors at Port Elizabeth.

“Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level,” Selection Convener Linda Zondi said. “He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level.”